Tuna Pan Bagnat

Tuna Pan Bagnat | ChopChop


Pan bagnat (pronounced pan ban-Yah) is Provençal French for "bathed bread"—and it describes an especially juicy type of sandwich! Use this tuna salad on a regular sandwich—or, to be French about it, serve it inside a hollowed-out baguette (ideally whole-wheat). For an even more authentic version, put the filled baguette back in the fridge and weigh it down for a bit with something heavy (a cast-iron skillet is perfect—or a stack of ChopChop magazines!). 

Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 2 hours, 15 minutes
Makes: 6 Servings

Kitchen Gear: 

Can opener
Measuring spoons
Measuring cup
Medium-sized bowl
Fork or whisk
Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)


2 cans
tuna (any kind is fine, use 5-ounce cans)
anchovies, finely chopped (if you like)
2 teaspoons
dijon mustard
2 tablespoons
fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons
plain yogurt
1⁄4 cup
olive oil
red bell pepper, cored and finely diced
red onion, finely chopped
1 cup
chopped parsley


  1. To drain the tuna: Set the colander in the sink, then use the can opener to open each can and carefully empty them into the colander. Using the fork, press down on the tuna to squeeze the liquid out. Allow it to drain away.
  2. Put the anchovies, mustard, lemon juice, yogurt, and olive oil in the bowl and stir well.
  3. Add the drained tuna and break up the clumps with the fork.
  4. Add the bell pepper, red onion, and parsley and mix well. Taste the salad, and add more lemon or mustard, or a pinch of salt, if you think it needs it.
  5. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours (to let the flavors mingle) and up to 3 days. 


Fancy that! Try adding:

  • Chopped fresh basil leaves
  • Sliced black olives
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Cooked green beans
  • Canned white beans